How old is Andie MacDowell? Actress reveals her team didn't want her to embrace gray hair

'My hair started growing and every time my kids would see me, they kept telling me I looked badass with my gray hair,' MacDowell said


                            How old is Andie MacDowell? Actress reveals her team didn't want her to embrace gray hair
Andie MacDowell attends the 'Annette' screening and opening ceremony during the 74th annual Cannes Film Festival on July 6, 2021, in Cannes, France. (Photo by Kate Green/Getty Images)

Actress Andie MacDowell has revealed her secret of owning her salt-and-pepper locks in an interview with Vogue. She recently rocked her gray hair while appearing at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, but said that her managers tried to warn her off embracing her natural hair. However, it was her kids and George Clooney who inspired her.

“At the very beginning of quarantine, my hair started growing and every time my kids would see me, they kept telling me I looked badass with my gray hair,” MacDowell said, who has three kids with her ex-husband Paul Qualley. She continued, “When I pulled it up in a bun, all you could see was the salt and pepper, which is what I am, you know, dark and silver. I like to compare myself to George Clooney because why not? I’ve been saying for a while now it was time for me, personally, to make that transition because I felt like it was appropriate for my personality and just who I am.”

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How old is Andie MacDowell?

The ‘Sex, Lies, and Videotape’ star is 63-years-old, who debuted in 1984's ‘Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes’. She went on to explain to Vogue how she accepted changes in her look. “During lockdown, I had a lot of downtime and became obsessed with Jack Martin, who did Jane Fonda’s hair. I shared those pictures with a lot of people going, ‘Hey, I want to do this.’ I got a job and very quickly I had to make up my mind about what I was going to do. My managers had actually said to me, ‘It’s not time.’ And I said, ‘I think you’re wrong, and I’m going to be more powerful if I embrace where I am right now. It’s time because in two years I’m going to be 65. If I don’t do it now, I won’t have the chance to be salt and pepper. I always wanted to be salt and pepper!’”

Andie Macdowell attends the "Tout S'est Bien Passe (Everything Went Fine)" screening during the 74th annual Cannes Film Festival on July 7, 2021, in Cannes, France. (Photo by Kate Green/Getty Images)

During the interview, MacDowell also confessed her fear about people’s reactions. She said: “At first. I was so cautious because I didn’t want anybody to be upset, and I was trying to figure out how I could wear wigs to please people. But then once I did it, it was just so clear to me that my instincts were right because I’ve never felt more powerful. I feel more honest. I feel like I’m not pretending. I feel like I’m embracing right where I am. I feel really comfortable. And in a lot of ways, I think it’s more striking on my face. I just feel like it suits me.”

Andie Macdowell attends the "Tout S'est Bien Passe (Everything Went Fine)" screening during the 74th annual Cannes Film Festival on July 7, 2021, in Cannes, France. (Photo by Kate Green/Getty Images)

MacDowell added that she began checking Instagram and saw many people who were proudly donning their natural gray hair. She stated, “So all these people on Instagram that are going silver, I started looking at them. I was looking at real women out there who were transitioning to gray, as well as younger women in their 50s who were choosing to go natural. You could see the before and afters, and I like the afters,” before mentioning in her salt-and-pepper hair she feels younger.

(L to R) Iris Berben, Andie MacDowell and Dame Helen Mirren attends the "Annette" screening and opening ceremony during the 74th annual Cannes Film Festival on July 6, 2021, in Cannes, France. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

“I somehow feel like I look younger because it looks more natural. It’s not like I’m trying to hide something. I think that it’s a power move, and that’s what I kept telling my managers. It’s exactly what I need to be doing right here,” MacDowell said.

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